Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Erika credits her northern upbringing for her resilience to freezing temperatures and propensity towards exploration. Erika blended her love of adventure guiding with her photography education at Montana State University to join National Geographic Expeditions in 2011, designing and guiding photography trips around the world.
Erika has led numerous photography workshops with Canon through US National Parks including Yosemite, Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon and Acadia National Park, and returns to Morocco & Cuba every year to lead the National Geographic Photography Expeditions, spending the rest of her year programming and guiding photography trips for the National Geographic Student Expeditions for high schoolers. She has led National Geographic Student Expeditions programs in Iceland, Tanzania, Italy, Yellowstone, Peru, and Ecuador & the Galapagos.
Erika is a recent recipient of a National Geographic Early Career grant and working on a photography project documenting the Scandinavian-American culture of the upper midwest. Through this cultural preservation project, Erika also hopes to encourage others to become more interested in their family’s genealogy and immigration stories, fostering an appreciation for the myriad of unique sub-cultures within the US with a renewed understanding and respect of the continued immigration stories of today.
Erika currently lives between Vermont (where she coordination National Geographic Student Expedition programs) and her home state of Wisconsin pursuing the National Geographic grant work. She is also spending significant time in northern Africa, working on publishing her first book on traveling and photographing in Morocco.